Fest is tribute to SEK’s mining history

Beside the towering, 16-story high metal giant Big Brutus, people of all ages gathered Saturday evening before sunset to dance, laugh and share memories tied to the rich mining heritage of Southeast Kansas.
The annual Polka Fest, held as a fundraiser to help cover costs of maintaining the largest electric shovel in the world, has been drawing in upwards of 250 plus people for 25 or 30 years, Big Brutus museum manager Betty Becker said.
Despite the unusually mild temperatures for the fourth Saturday in August, on which the festival is always held, the crowd was a little smaller in number this year.
“Most of the folks who come are getting a little bit older and the younger kids, I don’t think they go for polka that much,” Becker said. “Usually we do have some of the college kids come out, but I don’t know if they’ve come out yet this year.” 

(Read more: Parsons Sun)